Guess the ESSENCE Music Festival Performer

It's that time of year again! The ESSENCE Music Festival is upon us. Think you know everyone that has performed at the festival? From the mainstage to the Super Lounges? Put your knowledge to the test and guess these performers.
Yolanda Sangweni Jul, 03, 2012

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Famous lyrics: “I don’t like living under your spotlight.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2011

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Jennifer Hudson performed at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “There goes my baby/You don’t know how good it feels to call you my girl.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 1998, 2003, 2011

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Usher during his performance at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “Picture us dancing real close/In a dark, dark corner of a basement party/Every time I close my eyes/It’s like everyone left but you and me.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009

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Beyonce, performing at the 2005 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “I’m taking my freedom/Putting it in my stroll/ I’ll be high-steppin’ y’all/Letting the joy unfold.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2008, 2010, 2011

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Jill Scott, performing at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics:“I like what I see when I’m looking at me/ When I’m walking past the mirror/ No stress through the night, at a time in my life/ Ain’t worried about if you feel it…”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006-2008; 2010-2011

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Mary J. Blige, performing at the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics:“Can’t help but wait/Til’ you, see you, for what you really are/Baby girl you are a star.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2010, 2011

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Trey Songz, performing at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics:“Got my own mind/I wanna make my own decisions/ When it has to do with my life, my life/ I wanna be the one in control.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2010

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Janet Jackson, performing at the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “Maybe I’m just like my father too bold/Maybe you’re just like my mother/She’s never satisfied.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2006

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Prince (in disguise), performing at the 2004 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “You’ve got a real type of thing going down, gettin’ down/ There’s a whole lot of rhythm going round.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2011

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George Clinton, performing at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics:“I would love you anyway/ Even if you can not stay/ I think you are the one for me/ Here is where you ought to be.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011

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Chaka Khan, performing at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “Nothing else can compare when I feel the magic of you/ The feeling’s always new caught up in the rapture of you.”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 1995, 2003, 2009

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Anita Baker, performing at the 2009 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics:“I should be crying but I just can’t let it show/ I should be hoping but I can’t stop thinking/ All the things we should’ve said that I never said…”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 1997, 2009

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Maxwell, performing at the 2009 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “It seems we living the American dream/ But the people highest up got the lowest self esteem/ The prettiest people do the ugliest things…”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2005, 2008, 2011

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Kanye West, performing at the 2008 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “Even when I’m a mess/ I still put on a vest/ With an S on my chest/Oh yes…”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2002, 2005, 2010

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Alicia Keys, performing at the 2005 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Famous lyrics: “All eyes on me when I walk in/ No question that this girl’s a 10/ Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful…”

Year(s) performed at EMF: 2010, 2011

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Keri Hilson, performing at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.